VA160 – Question Times Amendment (Third Reading)

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    VA160 – Question Times Amendment (Third Reading)
    Proposed by: Quamquam123 MP (Lab)
    Seconded by: Andy98 MP (Grn), DMcGovern MP (Soc), hazzer1998 MP (UKIP), TheDefiniteArticle MP (Lab), Unown Uzer MP (UKIP)
    Question Times Amendment

    This House shall adjust the Guidance Document as follows:

    In the Guidance Document, amend clause 1 in the Prime Minister’s Questions section from:

    1)The Prime Minister may choose the day of the week they answer Prime Minister's Questions. They should endeavour to be online as much as possible in the 24 hours after the update on that day.

    to:

    1) Prime Minister’s Questions will take place once a month and having consulted the Leader of the Opposition, the Prime Minister may choose the day of the week that PMQs takes place on. The Prime Minister should endeavour to be online as much as possible in the 24 hours after the update on that day. The Prime Minister is entitled to call additional PMQs if he/she desires.



    In the Guidance Document, rename Section 13 from:

    Statements of Intent and Departmental Reviews

    to:

    Statements of Intent, Departmental Reviews and Minister’s Questions



    In the Guidance Document, create clause 9 in the Statements of Intent, Departmental Reviews and Minister’s Questions section:

    9) Key Cabinet members, which includes the Chancellor, the Home Secretary, the Foreign Secretary, the Health Secretary, the Education Secretary and the Defence Secretary, are obliged to hold at least one of their own question times during the term. They may hold more than one question time if they wish. Other Cabinet members may hold their own question times too. At the beginning of each term, the Prime Minister will publish a provisional timetable of when question times will be held.


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    This amendment aims to make PMQs slightly more frequent and make sure there is at least one question time each term for the major Cabinet positions.

    The Question Times amendment will help to boost government activity and connect the Prime Minister and his Cabinet better with the other MHoC members. This amendment has been planned so that question times don’t happen too frequently that people find them tedious but not too sporadic that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet members become detached from the House.


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    - The Prime Minister can now choose which day of week to hold PMQs

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    Aye.
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    This seems like a common sense reform - Aye.
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    I never needed the guidance document to hold a PMQ's or put my cabinet ministers up and i don't think any other PM does either.

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    There is literally no benefit to this, so 'No'.
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    Ayes to the right: 21
    Noes to the left: 15
    Abstentions: 5

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Updated: October 22, 2016
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